Important News About Michigan’s Summer WIC Program
As we all know, the summer months are a time when children from low-income families are at risk for going hungry because they will not be receiving food through school meal programs. That’s why I’m happy to announce that the Michigan WIC Program has received a USDA grant to continue the Summer Food EBT for Children (SEBTC) Program this summer. Through this grant, eligible school-age children in selected public schools and Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) will be provided WIC approved nutritious foods this summer through the use of the SEBTC Program. Selected public schools and ISDs in Arenac, Alpena, Bay, Clare, Detroit Public Schools, Genesee, Gladwin, Grand Rapids, Houghton, Kentwood, Midland, and Tuscola will participate in SEBTC 2017.
The SEBTC card issued to participants is identical to the SNAP and WIC cards except the card reads “Summer EBT for Children.” Please note that even though this program is targeted for eligible school children in the selected areas, it is possible for the program participants to use their SEBTC food benefits at any WIC authorized vendor in the state. In addition, vendors must maintain WIC vendor minimum stock requirements.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has provided a quick reference guide, vendor letter, food list, and food package details to assist MGA members in processing SEBTC transactions. These documents are available on MGA’s website, and can be printed and kept by cash registers for reference.
The Michigan WIC Program asked us to let you know how much they appreciate your cooperation and participation in the SEBTC Program. Your partnership during the program period of June 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017, assures that over 119,000 children have the opportunity to receive healthy, nutritious food this summer.